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Importance of genetic manipulation technique in fight against malaria

January 14, 2019 - 02:02 -- William Jobin
Although the recent article by Bo Xiao and others - cited below - presents negative aspects of genetic manipulation for introducing permanent changes in the parasite genome of Plasmodium falciparum, the positive aspects of this technique are enormous if one thinks of applying it to vector mosquitoes. Manipulating anopheline females so that they lay mostly male eggs could be the first step in species eradication in Africa for An gambiae and other major vectors. This would be a radical improvement in our tools for the fight against malaria.

William Jobin Director of Blue Nile Associates

 

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Not Open Access | Epigenetic editing by CRISPR/dCas9 in Plasmodium falciparum

 

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While reducing the number of female eggs, this also reduces the portion of mosquitoes capable of transmitting malaria, a double beneft of

the GM.

William Jobin Director of Blue Nile Associates